And here we are again, guess where? DUBAI! Yes, in the United Arab Emirates where architecture is totally going crazy! The UAE is a paradise for architects, after the Burj Al-Arab and the palm islands and the floating world (ok I’ll dedicate whole posts to those fantastic creations later on), well after all this.. now we are talking about an iPad Tower!
The iPad Tower (SO COOL!)
The iPad Tower (also known as The Pad) was originally inspired by the Apple’s iPod sitting on a dock and Omniyat Properties decided to take on the challenge and construct this 26-story luxury tower (may I say I was actually hoping for 2600 story?). The iPad Tower in Dubai – one of the strangest and unique buildings in the world, is totally a Cyber-based structure, a completely modernized digital world of high standard technology.
The iPad Tower was designed by Hong Kong-based architect James Law, the Chairman of James Law Cybertecture, a global consultancy specializing in the design and strategy formation of Cybertecture Projects. The iPad Tower contains over 231 intelligent apartments with more than half looking over the picturesque Business Bay area of Dubai whilst the remaining looking towards the center piece of Dubai, the Burj Dubai Tower. The mega project cost 3 billion Dirhams ($800 million).
We are already surrounded by this fantastic world that Apple has created for us, but even a building? This is utterly COOL! And what is most interesting is what this Cybertecture incorporates. The iPad Tower is conceived as the world’s most interesting and young living building. It is meant to be a wonderful life of possibilities where the boundaries of your home are unlimited through the integration of technology. Within the iPad Tower, there will be a compilation of different size apartments and each apartment is intelligent and has its own Cybertecture to provide a unique “Living the Future” experience. Everything from communications, entertainment, shopping is covered by the Cybertecture of the apartment. Some of the technologies include:
iReality – Your apartment will have virtual reality projection linking it to different locations around the world in real time.
iHealth – Technology will be built in your apartment bathroom for you to check your weight, blood pressure and temperature.
iAmbience – Your home can respond to different communications without the typical ring tone by the change of colour of lighting for emails, sms and phone calls.
iEntertainment – A large collection of music and karaoke as well as video on demand will be available to inhabitants to choose from.
iVoice – Voice command will be available to command many of the functions of the iPad Tower.
iSecurity – No more need for keys. Inhabitants will have RFID/proximity tags which will automatically lock and unlock doors.
iCustomization – You can customize the look of your home, even the wall panels of your apartment in the common corridors.
iMessaging – You can broadcast your own message on the outside of your apartment or around the common areas of the iPad Tower.
iArt – The Pad has an iArt server which you can subscribe to and update your home with the art of your choice.
iRotation Room – The unique feature of a rotating living and dining room will give a continuous and wonderful view of the Dubai area.
iWalls – Mechanical walls that can be automatically opened to allow spatial link between bedroom and living room.
iFamily – By plugging up the iFamily device, your Pad will be seamlessly linked by video to your family. What a nice way of staying in touch!
iPod Dock (OF COURSE!!!) – Dock your complimentary iPod into your iPad Tower home, and the music can be controlled by the home for your entertainment.
The technologies and functions melt into the home to create a seamless and easy living way so that you enjoy the space, your home and the technology without any alienating feeling – a truly new and young way of living.
And there is also the iSpa designed around the theme of digital water, real water and digital projections will create a complex of facilities including:
iMedia Jacuzzi – Jacuzzi equipped with water proof touch screens for you to watch movies.
iUnderwater Concert – Swimming underwater will no longer be boring, you can play your own choice of music (AAAAAMAZING!!!).
iDeck Chairs – Using ultrasonic speakers, you can listen to your own music without disturbing others.
iGym – Equipped with the latest high tech gym from around the world.
iOxygen Bar – For your relaxation and rejuvenation.
iSwimming Deck – An amazing overhanging swimming deck that will be suspended over the promenade of Business Bay.
On the ground floor of the iPad Tower will be a flourishing niche retail area which will be filled with restaurants and shops, as a vibrant promenade style entertainment strip.
I mean.. this is just too AMAZING to be true! I hope one day I’ll be able to actually experience it! Amazing, amazing! iLove
That’s all for today and regards to all the “i”/Apple freaks out there!